This thesis is a critical examination of the field of voluntary work and the studies done on it. More specifically, the purpose of this thesis is to expand on the current field of value perception in volunteer work, primarily – but not limited to – the field of social voluntary work. I employ a method of genealogy, a look into the archives of voluntary work, and attempt to make clear the limited scope of conception of value in current treatments of the subject, both in terms of political usage as well as academics. The purpose is to show how the political understanding of value is intimately related to social politics and labor policy and how this in turn affects the research done on the subject – reducing it to a quantative study, even in studies where the quality of the voluntary work is the subject matter. I offer this critique to show that the field is construed as far too narrow for its own good, and having done that, I then introduce three levels of philosophy that may expand greatly on the notion of value in voluntary work. The point is to step away from politics and policies of employment and welfare state, and instead to view the voluntary work as a value in itself. In order to tie this discussion to something material this thesis follows the Mobile Injection Site recently introduced in Vesterbro, Copenhagen and the voluntary work done in the wake of its introduction. Using the perspectives of the commonwealth and the common of Hardt and Negri to gain a different perspective on modes of production inherent in the multitude I try to get to grips with a different way of understanding the production in a diverse environment. Michel De Certeaus concept of spatial relations opens up to an understanding of the different modes of production in the relation between tactics and strategy. Finally Richard Sennett’s ethics of the craftsman is employed to get to grips with the value proposition of volunteer work in and of itself. I argue that studying volunteer work within different frameworks and with alternative understandings of value can in turn inform labor studies as well.
|Educations||MSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||87|